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North Lawndale Green Youth Farm

2011 North Lawndale GYF Participants

PHOTO: Tyesha Taylor

TYESHA TAYLOR
Crew leader, second season

Age: 18

School: North Lawndale College Prep

Favorite veggies: broccoli, greens, tomatoes, LOVES raspberries

Tyesha has never met a veggie she doesn't like — except beets!

PHOTO: Artaesia HortonARTAESIA HORTON
Crew member, second season

Age: 16

School: North Lawndale College Prep

Favorite veggie: cucumbers

"The healthier you eat, the better you'll live!"

PHOTO: John HendersonJOHN HENDERSON
Crew member, first season

Age: 17

School: North Lawndale College Prep

Favorite veggie: carrots

John beats the heat by taking a shade break with his crew and then getting right back at it!

PHOTO: Antonio WillisANTONIO WILLIS
Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: North Lawndale College Prep

Favorite veggie: carrots

Antonio's attention to detail will help him at home with his aunt's tomato plants!

PHOTO: Cordelro MedleyCORDELRO MEDLEY
Crew member, second season

Age: 18

School: Manley Career Academy High School

Favorite veggie: green tomatoes

One of Cordelro's reasons for returning to GYF was all the great produce he could share with his family.

PHOTO: Wayman WhiteWAYMON WHITE
Crew member, first season

Age: 18

School: Collins Academy

Favorite veggie: collard greens

Waymon's lighthearted ways keep everyone inspired to work just as hard as he does!

PHOTO: Teirra ScottTIERRA SCOTT
Crew leader, third season

Age: 18

School: Collins Academy

Favorite veggie: Purple Haze carrots

"Because of this great program, I can proudly go anywhere and boldly speak to people with confidence about the importance of eating healthy!”

PHOTO: Salvador AndradeSALVADOR ANDRADE
Crew member, first season

Age: 17

School: Farragut Career Academy

Favorite veggie: baby carrots

Salvador constantly searches for extra work and is a consistent helping hand around the farm!

PHOTO: Jacquise JohnsonJACQUISE JOHNSON
Crew member, first season

Age: 17

School: Farragut Career Academy

Favorite veggie: collard greens

Jacquise challenged herself to go try something new that might be uncomfortable at first, and stuck with it with the support of crew and staff!

PHOTO: Heriberto PelaezHERIBERTO PELAEZ
Crew member, first season

Age: 16

School: Farragut Career Academy

Favorite veggie: carrots

Heriberto always expresses interest in what others have to say and his knowledge of farm equipment and tools helps out a lot!

PHOTO: Jessica FloresJESSICA FLORES
Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Farragut Career Academy

Favorite veggie: carrots

Jessica's quiet ways add serenity to the urban surrounds of the farm.

PHOTO: Emma NormanEMMA NORMAN
Crew member, second season

Age: 17

School: North Lawndale College Prep

Favorite veggie: mustard greens

When faced with the prospect of a summer without GYF, she persisted and persisted until she was accepted back — we're glad she did!

PHOTO: Ikedia FlemingIKEDIA FLEMING
Crew member, first season

Age: 17

School: North Lawndale College Prep

Favorite veggie: carrots

Ikedia HATED carrots before GYF, but "Man, those Purple Haze carrots are so delicious!"

PHOTO: Ketaurah JamesKETAURAH JAMES
Crew leader, second season

Age: 17

School: Collins Academy

Favorite veggie: cucumber

Ketaurah consistently leads her crew in providing amazing GYF hospitality to all guests.

PHOTO: Porche GilliamPORCHE GILLIAM
Crew leader, second season

Age: 17

School: Collins Academy

Favorite veggie: snap peas

Porche's calm leadership style really shines with the Jr. GYF students. She advises them "this is a great experience…so take advantage of it and make the most of your time here!"

PHOTO: Antionette ScottANTOINETTE SCOTT
Crew member, second season

Age: 16

School: Collins Academy

Favorite veggie: broccoli and collards

Nia is the first to recognize tasks around the farm and take initiative without even being asked!

PHOTO: Taneja ShawTANEJA SHAW
Crew member, first season

Age: 16

School: North Lawndale College Prep

Favorite veggie: Purple Haze carrots

"I have learned a lot about all sorts of vegetables
and fruits; I love hanging out with my crew, and
can't wait to share my experiences in New York."

2011 North Lawndale Farm Staff

PHOTO: Kelsey Miller

Kelsey Miller is excited about having this experience interning at the North Lawndale site. She comes to GYF with a wheelbarrow load of conservation experience working in the woods of New Hampshire last year. Along with this experience, she brings awakened passions for working outside, teaching youth, and learning more about sustainable agriculture. When she’s not working outside she’s making anything under the sun from sock animals to yogurt cheese. Yum!

PHOTO: Lauren Loomis

Lauren Loomis, a summer intern with Green Youth Farm in North Lawndale, is passionate about healthy living, youth empowerment and sustainable urban agriculture. Lauren recently spent six months farming her way through New Zealand and Australia through an organization called World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). She is ecstatic to be working with Green Youth Farm and hopes to continue working with youth and urban agriculture in the future. In her spare time, Lauren loves to cook, read, paint and make homemade bread.

PHOTO: Kevin Hovey

Kevin Hovey, grower for North Lawndale farm for the second season, has worked as a horticultural assistant at Seed Saver's Exchange in Iowa, as an assistant farm manager in Northern California and attended workshops and seminars on sustainability around the Midwest and West coast. While serving on the board of directors for a social justice cooperative and doing horticultural consultation work around the city, he finds no greater joy than focusing on the youth at North Lawndale and sharing his expertise with the young people of Chicago.

PHOTO: Kevin Hovey

Eric Herling is one of six Chicago Botanic Garden Stroger Interns. He will be starting his sophomore year at Eastern Illinois University this fall majoring in education. Eric split his six weeks at the Garden between the North Lawndale Green Youth Farm and Windy City Harvest, so got a broad view of all that we do in Community Gardening!